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MELISSA SWEET | August 28, 2015 | CROAKEY NEWS | 2 |

Croakey moves on; please check out our new site

Dear Croakey readers As the Croakey project has evolved over the past several years, it’s become clear that we need to branch out as an independent platform, to enable us to provide a better service to our readers, contributors, collaborators and funders. We are grateful to Crikey for having provided us with a home and […]

MELISSA SWEET | August 26, 2015 | #CRIPCROAKEY | |

You want to mess with the NDIS? Get ready for a fight

The #CripCroakey crowdfunding project has reached its target of $3,000, enabling award-winning writer El Gibbs to research a series of articles around disability and health. The campaign runs until 11 September – so there is still plenty of time to donate. The more funds that are raised, the more stories Gibbs will be able to […]

MELISSA SWEET | August 21, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

Calling for national action on discriminatory, unfair laws and systems #JustJustice

In a recent article for the #JustJustice project, Darren Parker, a Ngunawal man and Phd candidate at Melbourne Law School, wrote about experiencing racism and violence within his family as a young boy. The article highlighted the importance of the social and cultural determinants of health in any discussion about the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres […]


Systems science – the new way of thinking?

In this fourth instalment on the CEIPS (Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science) seminar series Rebecca Zosel delves into the world of systems science and public health. What is systems thinking? How should we apply it? Or has the systems approach already run out of time to prove it’s worth? Rebecca Zosel writes: In […]

MELISSA SWEET | August 19, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | 2 |

“Why aren’t I in prison?” … Some questions about white privilege #JustJustice

Public health concerns like white privilege and racism were on the agenda at the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network conference in Townsville last week (see more details in this previous post). These are also critical issues to address in efforts to reduce the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his contribution […]

MICHELLE HUGHES | August 18, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

The complexities for public health messaging around women drinking during pregnancy have been highlighted by new research undertaken at the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre. The study found that women are receiving, and actively interpreting, contradictory information about the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant from a number of sources. The qualitative […]

MELISSA SWEET | August 17, 2015 | #CPHCEFORUM | |

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – held in Sydney last Friday – could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her […]

MICHELLE HUGHES | August 17, 2015 | OBESITY | 1 |

Can a citizen’s jury transform obesity policy?

A recent announcement that VicHealth will run a citizen’s jury to look at solutions to obesity was not met with support from all in the health setting. Criticisms include questions around the influence of the final report. In this post Jerril Rechter, CEO of Vic Health explains that with rising rates of overweight and obesity, […]

KELLIE BISSET | August 17, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

The Health Wrap: The Vegemite news spread; On your bike (sans helmet); a chronic problem; funding medical research and teens’ troubling mental health.

                  This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe The Vegemite news spread The use and abuse of […]


Australians are undergoing unnecessary surgery – here’s what we can do about it

Peter Breadon and Stephen Duckett from the Grattan Institute write: For decades, clinicians and researchers have been concerned about patients getting treatments, including operations, that don’t work. As well as failing to treat the original health problem, ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste […]